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Lady Lever Art Gallery, Birkenhead
(4.8/5 based on 550+ reviews on the web)
The Lady Lever Art Gallery was opened in 1922 by Princess Beatrice who was the youngest daughter of Queen Victoria; the museum was founded and built by the industrialist and philanthropist Lord Leverhulme. The museum is a significant surviving example of late Victorian and Edwardian taste. The Lady Lever Art Gallery is set in the garden village of Port Sunlight. It houses major collections of fine and decorative art, along with many of the world famous Pre-Raphaelite artworks and Chinese ceramics and Wedgwood jasperware. The collections are an expression of Lord Leverhulme’s personal and favorite taste. He also mainly bought pictures which in his opinion would attract the housewives who were his main customers. He began collecting art in the late 19th century to use as advertising for the popular Sunlight Soap brand that helped to create his fortune therefore at this point he was collecting arts for business, but as he grew richer his collections began to expand, his confidence grew as well and had developed a taste for collecting. He mostly collected British art, he was also fascinated by Chinese art i.e.
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TripAdvisor
  • Worth the short journey from Liverpool by Merseyrail (nearest station is Bebington) this is a gem of a gallery housing the art and collections of great and wealthy industrialist. The building itself i...  more »
  • Lady Lever Art Gallery located in Port Sunlight Village is one of the most beautifully located attractions on Wirral. I visited here with my partner and our 1 year old. The gallery is beautiful with s...  more »
  • I recently visited the cafe here and my friends and I were served under cooked baked potatoes. I wrote to complain with no response. Today we returned and the potatoes were still under cooked. This us...  more »
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  • The Lady Lever Art Gallery was built by William Lever, 1 and first opened in the early 1920s Although the museum is relatively small, it's well maintained and contains a varied range of art exhibits & paintings The museum has a decent cafe & gift shop If traveling by train to the museum the Mersey rail station `Port Sunlight' is within easy walking distance. The village of Port Sunlight was built by William Lever for his workers is a monument to his generosity and good taste, and warrants a visit itself, whilst you are there.
  • Really lovely place, quiet interesting things to see, friendly staff. Great gift shop and absolutely lovely tea room downstairs
  • Beautiful gallery. Contains a lot more than you would expect. Stunning ceilings. Good little shop.
  • Wonderful place - so many great works of art to see in a truly beautiful building. They have trails and quizzes for children, good, helpful information about the stuff on display and a lovely cafe which serves great food. And all in the gorgeous, picturesque setting of Port Sunlight. Highly recommended.
  • Absolutely LOVE this place, it's a gorgeous, historic building in a lovely, relaxing setting and the art works are AMAZING. Friendly staff, free parking, children's activities, decent cafe.. William Lever's legacy is well worth a visit ☺